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atorthemighty

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I am trying to recover a PS4 drive, however when attempting to boot into Spinrite to run recovery tools on it, the system does not pass the bios screen. I pulled the drive and tried a different drive, and Sprinrite starts up just fine, so I feel like there is something seriously wrong with this drive. Is there a trick, or something simple that I am missing or do I call it for this PS4 drive? I am booting Spinrite from a USB on an old laptop that has reliably been my test bench for quite some time, and the drive I am attempting to recover is in where the normal OS drive would typically be.
 
I am trying to recover a PS4 drive, however when attempting to boot into Spinrite to run recovery tools on it
Yesterday, I also encountered a drive that hung at the BIOS. Hitting the machine's reset button allowed it to try a second time and that time it whizzed right through.

What can sometimes happen is a drive takes longer than the BIOS expects to get itself online. So not powering down, but only rebooting again (hopefully CTRL-ALT-DEL will work) can often get past the BIOS.

Also... you are using the latest SpinRite 6.1 pre-releases? The code we have now is FAR BETTER than 6.0 (and even earlier 6.1). So do get the latest. (y)
 
How long did you wait? On troubled drives, the BIOS can take a long time to give up and move on. Also, if your BIOS has anything labeled "SMART", turn it off for now.
I waited for about an hour with no change. I'll try checking the BIOS settings
 
Yesterday, I also encountered a drive that hung at the BIOS. Hitting the machine's reset button allowed it to try a second time and that time it whizzed right through.

What can sometimes happen is a drive takes longer than the BIOS expects to get itself online. So not powering down, but only rebooting again (hopefully CTRL-ALT-DEL will work) can often get past the BIOS.

Also... you are using the latest SpinRite 6.1 pre-releases? The code we have now is FAR BETTER than 6.0 (and even earlier 6.1). So do get the latest. (y)
Hmm. It's an older bios but there should be a reset in there somewhere. I'll give it a shot. Funny enough, I started working on this drive and remembered there was an updated version of SpinRite. My plan was to get the troubled drive started on level 2 while I went about getting the update. I got a little distracted.